Bad Man by Dathan Auerbach

Bad Man

Reddit horror sensation Dathan Auerbach delivers a devilishly dark novel about a young boy who goes missing, and the brother who won't stop looking for him.Eric disappeared when he was three years old. Ben looked away for only a second at the grocery store, but that was all it took. His brother was gone. Vanished right into the sticky air of the Florida Panhandle.They say you've got only a couple days to find a missing person. Forty-eight hours t...

Details Bad Man

TitleBad Man
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherDoubleday Books
GenreHorror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery

Reviews Bad Man

  • Dennis
    3.5/5 starsEric and Ben are not only brothers, but friends. Ben is Eric's older brother and not only loves his brother, but is extremely protective. One day, while at the small Northern Florida town's grocery store, Eric goes missing. Eric's disappearance becomes a media circus for the town, and the family is distraught. Ben is devastated, but also feels responsible, and he will stop at nothing to find his younger brother—knocking on doors, put...
  • Mariana
    Nota real: 2.5 estrellasEste libro lo tenía todo para encantarme: un niño desaparecido misteriosamente, símbolos extraños, un pueblo pequeño, personajes que parecen ocultar terribles secretos... sin embargo, me resultó pesado y algo desesperante.La editorial me envío un ARC sin correcciones, por lo cual, quiero pensar que a la versión final un buen editor le metió mano y -quizá- muchos de los problemas que tuve con la forma en que está...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    When I think about what makes a good horror story, one of the most important components is the atmosphere. Auerbach sets us up in a small Floridian town and then strips us of all sense of security and comfort. He surrounds his characters with grief, poverty, and suspicion, and therefore creates a perfect setting for this creepy tale that weaves real-life horror with a little something extra.Eric has been missing for five years and no one has any ...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    DNF @ Page 140. I gave this book two chances. The first seventy or so pages didn’t grab me, so I started over. Things went better, until . . . I became bored. And more bored. Unfortunately, there just isn’t enough here to carry a novel. A young man’s younger brother goes missing in a grocery store, and said young man gets a job in said grocery store a few years later. This is the author’s first full-length novel, and it shows. The story f...
  • Mindi
    This ARC was provided to the Night Worms by Doubleday in exchange for an honest review.I've been thinking about how to review this one for a few days now. Some of the Night Worms actually had a discussion about the book before we reviewed it. We almost never do that, but it seemed like something that was necessary because a few of us were struggling with the rating for this book.Basically, I think there is a good story here, I just felt like this...
  • Robin Bonne
    A chilling and entertaining sophomore novel. I went into reading this book with high hopes, and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The protagonist, Ben is still searching for his missing brother, Eric. He takes a job at the same grocery store he lost his brother in years ago. He begins to find strange clues that seem to relate to his brothers disappearance.Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free copy of this ebook.
  • August Is Azathoth The Haunted Reading Room
    Review: BAD MAN by Dathan AuerbachAn engrossing horror novel which seems to start out carefully, but almost immediately segues into flat-out horror, from then on BAD MAN is non-stop horror, tragedy, grief, suspense, terror. There are no "normal" folks in this story (except perhaps Clint, Ben and Eric's father, store cashier Chelsea and a neighbor, James) but I think these are present more as a reflective backdrop in which we watch the dysfunction...
  • Cupcakes & Machetes
    I received this copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Now this is what I was looking for when I said I wanted a good mystery. Ben's younger brother, Eric, disappeared from the local grocery store five years ago while Ben was in charge of watching him. It's ate away at Ben over the years and he's never stopped looking. With his family on the verge of losing everything because his depressed stepmother no longer work...
  • Irene
    "Somewhere in the distance, lightning lit the sky on fire, and it screamed in pain."Bad Man will be published on August 7 and is available for pre-order now. It is told from the point of view of Ben, a young man who lost his little brother 5 years ago and never forgave himself and never gave up searching. For some reason the police don't seem to care and his step mother is lost in her own world, still buying presents and holding birthday celebrat...
  • J
    I was so stoked when I was approved to read an advanced copy of Dathan Auerbach's upcoming sophomore novel Bad Man. I devoured Penpal in a day, and it's stuck with me ever since. This one is in the same general neighborhood but doesn't leave as strong an impression. Don't get me wrong, I really dig this and I'll probably buy a copy. It had all the same creepy nuances that reminded me of Dathan's past with creepypasta. But there were some things t...
  • Stephanie (That's What She Read)
    2.5 StarsBen lost his little brother Eric in a grocery store. His family has had a hard time moving on from the incident. Ben decides to take a job at the grocery store where his brother went missing. That's where the troubles start. This story had a lot of atmosphere. There were times were I was confused as to what was going on. The story dragged a bit throughout, and I felt that the story left a few things hanging in the end. The book overall l...
  • Emily
    I was not a huge fan of Penpal, but figured I would give Bad Man a shot for the Nightworms group read. Apparently I have a hard time connecting with this author's writing. I could not get into this book. I read for quite a bit & nothing ever happened that held my attention. The synopsis sounded really interesting, and I was looking forward to seeing where it went. Even the part I read was just dragged out, and there was a lot of information about...
  • Don Gillette
    I enjoyed Bad Man very much. The progressive creepiness was a delight and the highs and lows of the progression were spaced nicely. Even when the progression slowed to a snail's pace, it still managed to build ever so slightly--plenty to keep you interested and moving forward waiting for the next burst. Most characterizations were full, rich, and tone-setting; those that were not aided in building the suspense factor as the reader was fed tidbits...
  • Emily Moore
    Filled with a growing sense of paranoia and tension, Bad Man is a horror book worth reading. It shares a very similar tone to Gillian Flynn's novels. You follow the slow-paced discoveries leading the main characters towards a harrowing conclusion.While the underlying story is that of a missing boy, the story really focuses on his older brother Ben. They were both just kids when on a trip to the grocery store, Ben turned away for just a second and...
  • Elyssa (Elyssa's Editions)
    Bad Man sets the stage for a creepy tale in a small town in Florida. Ben begins working at the same supermarket where his brother went missing from five years prior and each day comes a bit closer to answers and a bit further from sanity as the chapters unravel. This is a horror novel! There are some gory scenes that are explained in detail! I enjoyed how creeped out I felt throughout most of the story, sort of like I was being watched without kn...
  • Kristy
    **Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for a free copy of Bad Man in exchange for an honest review**First and foremost, let's take another look at that cover! I absolutely love it. That creepy shopping cart caught my attention immediately. Three-year-old Eric goes missing at a local grocery store while under his big brother Ben's supervision. Five years later, Ben finds himself so desperate for work that he applies at the same grocery store...
  • Audrey
    4.5 starsThis review is based on an ARC of Bad Man which I received courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher (Doubleday). Bad Man was exhilarating! I finished this book in a little under two days--I just could not put it down! From the very first pages I was hooked, pulled in face-first into this swampy Floridian suburb setting. The familiarity of the scenery and the plot is half of what makes Bad Man so eerie. Auerbach's writing is so fluent and ...
  • Up All Night With Books
    5 Well-Earned StarsReview by AngeliqueLate Night ReviewerUp All Night w/ Books Blog Nothing moved.But nothing felt still. Terrifying, dark and fearful things come in all shapes and sizes and bad things tend to happen when we least expect them to. You’ll find questions, answers and more questions in Dathan Auerbach’s latest novel, Bad Man.Finding yourself in a small Floridian town where the setting is so distinctively well done that you can fe...
  • Patrick St-Denis
    You may have heard of Dathan Auerbach. The author originally made a name for himself when he self-published his first book after it began as a post on Reddit. His entries on the website's "No Sleep" horror forum were a big hit and went on to become some of the most up-voted posts among the community's twelve million subscribers. Auerbach's GoFundMe campaign received more than one thousand percent of its funding objective, which allowed him to rew...
  • Cassie
    First I want to thank netgalley and the author for an advanced copy of this book for my kindle. This book started out really well but started dragging towards the middle and the end really disappointed me!! I enjoyed the depth of the characters and you could feel the pain coming from Ben. The story was about how Ben is living with the guilt of losing his brother while at the grocery store he can’t help but feel it’s his fault since he was bab...
  • Christine Desrochers-Broderick
    I'm giving this book four stars . I would have given it five, but I didn't like the ending it somehow felt incomplete. The characters were well written and I felt like I really knew them all. The authors description of everything made me feel like I was there. Very well written!
  • Krissi
    I had no idea what to expect with this book, and I absolutely loved it. I won’t rehash the synopsis, but here is my take on the book. First, I don’t know that I would classify this as a horror novel. It feels more like a thriller to me, personally. The author does a fantastic job of creating a small town atmosphere. He also shows us the complexities of grief a family feels with a missing a child over time and the sense of loss. A town where p...
  • Angelique du Plessis
    *ARC in exchange for an honest review*
  • Morgyn Peterson
    I got a lot of questions
  • Jamie
    Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for an advance e-copy of this book. This is a book that I’ll be thinking about for days, if not weeks. Dathan Auerbach does a great job writing a story that is not only suspenseful and chilling, but also makes the reader feel empathy for the relatable characters. The very beginning of this novel grabbed my attention, and while there was a slight lull in the action after that, it really picked up once...
  • Sarah
    Bad ManBy: Dathan AuerbachPublished By: Doubleday BooksRating: 📖📖📖📖.5/5// I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review //It started as any other day. There was a game of hide and seek and then a trip to the grocery store with your little brother. We've all been there, having to babysit a younger sibling while trying to get something done. For Ben, it was just another day until his brother Eric disappears from the bath...
  • Melanie
    "There weren't no muh-m-more room at all for nothing but bad. So you know what he did to the guh-good thing he found? He did bad things."Ben's younger brother Eric disappeared five years ago while they were out at the grocery store and, despite the case going cold, Ben has never given up the search for his brother. He takes a night stocking job at the store where Eric vanished and quickly starts to feel that someone is trying to tell him somethin...